ABUJA, Nigeria – Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Honourable Sunday Dare, has expressed his excitement over the level of development in the Nigeria Cricket Federation, pledging the Ministry’s support towards the World Cricket Championships slated for 2020.
He disclosed that when a team of inspectors from the International Cricket Council, (ICC), Africa paid him a courtesy in his office.
This is contained in a press release by Ulor Chioma, on behalf of the Director Press, and made available to newsmen on Wednesday.
The Minister stated that; “he had thought Cricket as a mere footnote in the country but today, he is happy Nigeria Cricket has come of age and has found a place in the Cricket world; a shot from the bloods to the world cup.”
Dare reiterated that the Ministry will not only support the Federation but will also work with them in their move to host the World Cup, noting that Cricket has become a big time sport that need to be developed as professionals all over the world are becoming mega bosses.
Earlier, President of the Cricket Federation, Professor Yuwenya, in his brief analysis on the development of Cricket in Nigeria to where it is today, concluded that the objective of the ICC is to make the Game strongly rooted in Nigeria.
In her remarks, Leader of the delegation, Patricia Kambarami, appealed to the Minister to look at the area Government can assist the Federation especially in providing good facilities for their training and quality coaching.
She urged him to have faith in the Under-19 boys who will be representing the country at the Cricket World Cup; stressing that they have the potentials and heart to win the cup.
Speaking further, Kambarami revealed that Cricket has become a very big business all over the world like Football and whenever Cricket is discussed in Africa, Nigeria comes tops.
She also emphasized that their corporate plan is to have about one million Cricket players in Nigeria by the year 2023.